Madrid’s millions prompt anger in Milan

July 7, 2009

While new Real Madrid signing Cristiano Ronaldo was being presented in front of a packed and excited Bernabeu, another great European club was dealing with an influx of fans but for a very different reason.

Hundreds of AC Milan ultras turned up at the first day of pre-season training to protest against the sale of Kaka to Real and the lack of major signings to replace him and Paolo Maldini (whose heir as skipper is Massimo Ambrosini…)

They chanted slogans and unfurled banners calling on owner and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to put his hands in his pockets, one placard even ordered him to sell the club.

Milan hit back by pointing out they have been the most successful club in world football during Berlusconi’s 23-year reign. They said Madrid’s spending in the last month is a freak occurrence which no other club would be able to sustain in current times.

Season ticket sales at Milan have dropped 20 percent for next season given Kaka and David Beckham (for now) have gone, Ronaldinho is nowhere near the player he was and only promising youngsters and Brazilian defender Thiago Silva have been brought in.

Can Milan, third in Serie A last term, really compete this season at home and abroad or will Berlusconi come under even more pressure?

Or are the fans being a little bit harsh on Milan and will Florentino Perez’s new gamble at Real really work?

VIDEO: Ronaldo’s arrival at Madrid

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The AC Milan tifosi are right, a proud club like AC Milan should never have to sell its star player. I believed Berlusconi was one of Italia’s richest people and that Milan was his favourite toy, why not spend a little more money and relive the golden years of Gullit, Rijkaard and van Basten. Man how I loved to watch Milan those days!

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Milan have just signed US centre back Oguchi Onyewu on a free from Standard Liege. Not a ’star’ and probably wont calm the fans too much but judging by his Confed Cup performances, he could be useful

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

It would be more acceptable to sell one of the top stars if only you were the champion of a previous season tournament or you look to replace him with another big (and good) player.. This is just negative for the overall team without real positive.

Me being a barca fan, ive always admired milan but to be honest these past couple of seasons were nothing more than mediocre and id like to see the team step up and be the giant we always see. forget trying to have more brazilians than italians, obviously it failed, look for real talent, its too risky to replace a player like kaka with some Rising talents.. they needed to catch players like Tevez, Ribery…etc

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I too am not a Milan fan but like the others it is a team I admire and the sale of Kaka without a plan to replace the huge gap in quality that there now exists was wrong. Real would have waited for Kaka until Milan were ready. Which by the looks of it they were not, they just saw the € sign and said yes. Telling the fans that they shoud be happy with what the club has achieved so far was a poor response. These fans are proud of their club, Milan have a mystique that other clubs cannot emulate and this sale, ironically, has cheapened the brand!

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